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Prioritization of vulnerabilities

Why perform vulnerability prioritization? While developing an application, it is common to notice the inefficiency of some teams when they leave aside this practice so that the vulnerabilities are worked on, as well as a lack of knowledge and maturity in the theme. This article will explain the importance of this practice and how to apply it correctly.

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OWASP Top 10 in prioritizing vulnerabilities

Today we can count on a facilitator when identifying these risks; the famous OWASP Top 10 in 2021 had its newest update, making the categorization of the 10 main risks of an application clearer.

With this, the prioritization of vulnerabilities could become more efficient since instead of worrying about every possible type of vulnerability, the team uses this category of risks to deal, in the first moment, with the most critical risks that can compromise the application. It is important to emphasize that being guided by OWASP is essential, but we should not restrict ourselves only to this category of risks.

The misuse of this practice can be common. Many believe it is enough to ask developers for an application without the vulnerabilities classified by OWASP, and everything will be secure, but that is not how it works. Many vulnerabilities and categories can be included within this OWASP taxonomy. Another common mistake is trying to associate the Top 10 with any certification since OWASP is not a standard for you to validate the security of a product. The correct way to use OWASP is simple: use it the way it was proposed. Know the principal risks and direct your team to deal with the minimum necessary.

Vulnerability Management

Managing vulnerabilities will make the process more efficient. However, it is essential to know the tool being used and ensure that it is meeting all the needs of your development team or if outdated solutions are still used, such as spreadsheets.

When we use an unstructured way to manage vulnerabilities, some points need more attention; also, negative impacts can be expected in this process. Using the example of a spreadsheet: spreadsheets can even help control some information, but they can also bring a series of problems that generate a lack of control or the loss of important information for managing vulnerabilities, in addition to being an entirely manual process. Think about how much of a problem this can become during application development.

This happens because when using solutions that are not designed and structured for this purpose, they may need help to identify patterns of vulnerabilities that are always present in the code. This lack of vision causes negative impacts instead of improving a process.

How to make this process more assertive and efficient?

Here at Conviso, we work with developers who understand the needs of the development stage and know the major problems that can be caused by tools or processes that were not designed for this purpose.

For this reason, we have the Conviso Platform that integrates with code analysis tools, allowing proactive management with each new deployment carried out. In addition, through Dedup unifies the results of several tools, enabling an overview of vulnerabilities and optimizing development time, prioritizing and providing insights for faster and more preventive corrections.

Know a little more:

On this Conviso Platform page, we are displaying “Vulnerabilities” it is in this space that we manage vulnerabilities, in which it will be possible to identify, classify, correct, validate and conclude a recognized vulnerability.

On this page, we have more information about the vulnerability, its category, origin, patterns, and how to solve it, among other actions.

Staying informed about the analysis status is much more effective using the Conviso Platform dashboard. This allows the team to keep the process organized and secure. Thus, we can access all identified vulnerabilities with greater visibility of their criticality and the number of application components affected by each one.

In addition, in this panel, you have a correction workflow for these vulnerabilities, which would be a set of steps and processes followed to identify, assess and correct the vulnerabilities. This type of workflow is important because it helps ensure that software vulnerabilities are identified and remediated efficiently and effectively.

The Conviso Platform was entirely designed and developed so that the team can control information, data, access, history, and statistics related to their security analysis.

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